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We are currently accepting applications for the following part-time History course:

MSt in History

About our courses

The Institute's history and politics courses are always popular and reflect the breadth and depth of the University's scholarship in this area. We offer a range of short and part-time courses on topics ranging from ancient history to the present day.

View our full range of History, Politics and International Relations courses

Part-time qualifications in History, Politics and International Relations

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Certificate in International Relations (2017/18). This Certificate provides a broad overview to what International Relations is, how the international order has come about and how it is changing.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History I (2016/17) offers an introduction to local history, followed by units on the impact of the First World War on English churches and churchgoing, and communities and culture in early modern England.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History II (2017/18) offers units on approaches to local history; poverty, disease and medicine in the local community, 1601–1914; and religious identities and social change 1700–1900.

Undergraduate Certificate in Social Sciences (2017/18). This course will provide you with a disciplinary-based introduction to Sociology, Politics and Psychology. You will explore research evidence and theories which attempt to explain identity construction, individual and group behaviour, and power and political relationships in modern societies.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England (2017/18) examines the initially sparse and later more plentiful archaeological, documentary, art and architectural evidence for the origins and development of Anglo-Saxon England between the 5th and the 11th centuries.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Medieval England (2016/17) uses a range of material to address big questions about medieval England, such as: the complexity of changing power relationships between lords, gentry and peasants; the influence of dramatic climate change and deadly epidemics on social and economic structures; agricultural conservatism and innovation in attempts to meet these challenges; and the importance of changes in ideas expressed in art and religion in cultural transformation.

Undergraduate Diplomas

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History I (2013/14) offers a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to local and regional history, with units on riot and rebellion c.1380-1650, the medieval town, and researching your local community.

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History II (2015/16), meanwhile, covers the topics of parish life in the 16th and 17th centuries; religious identities and social change 1700-1900; and a themed unit from the Early Modern period.

The Institute of Continuing Education also offers courses in the field of International Development and Global Change. International Development courses look at economic and human development and shed light on issues such as poverty, governance, climate change, education, health  and population dynamics. The aim of these programmes is to provide a firm understanding of how global and local inequalities comes about and how they can be tackled.

Part-time Master's degrees

MSt in History (2018/20) is designed for those who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in historical research.

MSt in International Relations (2019/21) is a part-time course designed for mature students from, for example, industry, teaching, the civil service or the armed forces, but we also welcome recent graduates wishing to undertake postgraduate study.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

History, Politics and International Relations tutors

Dr Mike Sewell

Mike Sewell is University Lecturer and ICE's Academic Director in History and International Relations. He is co-Director of the MSt in International Relations, in which he teaches the International History course. His research interests lie primarily in the history of US foreign relations and he has published a book called The Cold War (CUP, 2002).

History tutors

History courses at ICE are taught by tutors whose work spans a wide range of areas. Our current tutors’ interests include (to take a few examples) English social history, the history of Victorian England, naval and military history, intelligence history, the history of the monarchy and ancient Sparta.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

Read what our students say

Find out more

For more information about any of these courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.